The era of Santiago Solari in Club América ended abruptly after the results in Clausura 2022 were below what was expected of him, especially after Las Águilas ended Apertura 2021 as leaders with only two lost matches in the season.
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But for Clausura 2022, Solari couldn’t repeat the numbers, and even worse, Las Águilas were able to win just one game in the eight rounds the Argentine coach was in América’s bench. After the 1-1 draw in Estadio Azteca against Querétaro, Emilio Azcárraga didn’t wait more and decided to sack Solari.
They decided to have Fernando “Tano” Ortíz as interim coach until they found the replacement for Santiago Solari, and rumors suggest that “Tano” will finish the season in Las Águilas bench, given that their priority is Nicolás Larcamón, who currently coaches Club Puebla and has said he won’t leave the club until his contract expires.
If Club América had won on their visit to Monterrey lastweekend, then Azcárraga might have waited to sign Larcamón, but given that Las Águilas didn’t show any improvement, he decided to look for another option who can arrive as soon as possible, and he might have found him in the figure of Quique Setién.
Can Setién arrive in Las Águilas?
According to sports journalist Rubén Rodríguez, Quique Setién is on the mix of coaches that can arrive in El Nido, given that he’s currently a free agent as he hasn’t coached since he parted ways with FC Barcelona, in 2020.
Even if his stint with Barcelona was short, Setién had the opportunity to coach players like Ansu Fati, Luis Suárez and Lionel Messi, and given his long resumé coaching in La Liga, he could be the perfect replacement for Solari.
Setién started his coaching career in Racing de Santander, in the 2001-2002, club he joined as sporting director but had to assume the coaching role when they destituted their coach. Since then, he’s coached in both La Liga and La Liga SmartBank, including teams like UD Las Palmas, Real Betis and FC Barcelona.
How much will it cost for Club América to sign Setién?
According to reports, Las Águilas could convince him to arrive in El Nido for a salary similar to the one that Miguel Herrera had during his last stint in América, of $3 million per season, not so different from the $2.5 million that Santiago Solari was earning.